Competitive market key to expanding Electric Vehicle charging network

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will better serve EV owners if lawmakers and regulators enable a level playing field for competitive providers, concludes a new report entitled “Serving Customers Best: The Benefits of Competitive Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.”

New report finds competitive market key to expanding EV charging network

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The 52-page report addresses a key aspect of the clean energy transition, finding that utility ownership of EV charging stations is generally not in the public interest and that allowing monopoly utilities to own charging stations will deliver less efficient, lower-quality service and choice to EV owners. This will result in unfair cost shifting to other electricity consumers.

“Regulators and legislators will serve the EV charging public best if they provide for a competitive and nondiscriminatory environment for public charging stations” said Rob Gramlich, President of Grid Strategies and one of the four co-authors of the study. “We should enable the market to work if we want to build-out EV charging infrastructure and give drivers the best prices and services possible along the way.”

The report stresses that extending the monopoly position of utilities into the EV charging sector would hurt the EV charging public and, by extension, the overall effort to electrify transportation.

Frank Lacey, a co-author, emphasises a key finding in the study: “Regulators should proclaim EV charging to be a competitive service and then focus on policies to support the development of the charging network. Competition in charging will lead to the best results for the build-out of EV charging, for consumer pricing of electricity, and for service of EV drivers. The time to make these policy choices is now, before charging becomes monopolised.”

The report makes the following recommendations:

Regulated Rate Policies – Regulators need to consider the impact of regulated rates and rate design on EV charging stations and station owners.

Utility Ownership – Regulators should ban or disfavor utility ownership of charging stations.

Distribution Planning – Regulators should support an increased focus on planning using state-of-the-art tools and should allow for proactive, rather than reactive, development of the distribution systems.

Interconnection Policies – Regulators should support the development of dedicated interconnection personnel, work with utilities to standardise and streamline timelines and processes, allow more flexible policies with respect to inventory and supply chain issues, and ensure that nonutility owners of charging stations receive fair and equal service from the utility when developing charging stations.

Private Sector Access – Regulators should work with utilities to develop, train, and certify third parties to work with private investors to build out the distribution network, where feasible.

Cost Allocation – Regulators should create cost-allocation policies fair to all parties to recover the costs of developing the infrastructure required for robust EV charging.

Meeting Public Need at the Lowest Cost – If a public need arises, regulators should look for solutions other than a utility to meet the need.

Divestiture of utility-owned charging stations – Regulators should have utilities sell any utility-owned EV charging stations to nonutility entities.

The report was sponsored by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which represents a business sector with considerable investment in robust distribution and service networks designed to meet the motoring public’s needs. Convenience stores sell an estimated 80 percent of the fuels purchased by drivers.

For additional information:

Grid Strategies

Report: “Serving Customers Best: The Benefits of Competitive Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.”

Why Investors Should Consider Vietnam’s Electric Vehicle Market

 June 29, 2021 Posted byVietnam Briefing Written byPritesh Samuel Reading Time:6 minutes

  • Vietnam’s electric vehicle market remains in its infancy, but there are plenty of opportunities as we are likely to see a paradigm shift from gasoline to electric-powered vehicles.
  • With a rising population and an expanding middle class, consumers are increasingly aware of the environment, fuel efficiency, and increasing pollution levels in cities.
  • Vietnam Briefing outlines the opportunities in Vietnam’s electric vehicle market despite the slow progress till date.

The electric vehicle market in Vietnam has not garnered as much attention compared to other countries in the region and globally, but this doesn’t mean that opportunities are not there. Electric vehicles are an irreversible trend and will be the future as governments move towards clean energy and consider the environment. This means that investors that are interested can set up the groundwork including production facilities, supply chains, and manpower to prepare for this future shift.

With a population of more than 96 million, about half of Vietnam’s population owns motorcycles, while car ownership is at a ratio of 23 per 1,000 people. Major cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are gridlocked with motorbikes on streets, alleys, and even sidewalks. This in turn has resulted in increased pollution and congestion. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have ranked high in pollution levels globally several times. A poll by IQAir listed Vietnam as the 15th most polluted country in the world.

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Vehicles providing transport services will have yellow licence plates

Update: July, 11/2020 – 08:25 VNS

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Taxi is one of the transport vehicles that must change from white licence plates to yellow ones. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — All vehicles providing cargo and passenger transportation services must change from white licence plates to yellow ones with black letters and numbers from August 1, according to the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security. Tiếp tục đọc “Vehicles providing transport services will have yellow licence plates”

Addressing climate change in transport

This report is the product of a collaborative effort by the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport’s Department for the Environment, the World Bank and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). It also marks three years of cooperation between the Ministry of Transport and the German Government-funded “Advancing Transport Climate Strategies” project, which has focused on providing support for the systematic assessment and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector.
Volume 1: Pathway to Low Carbon-Transport

Volume 2: Pathway-to-Resilient-Transport

Global energy storage market to surge to 15 GW by 2024

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The History of Hanoi’s Lost Tramway Network

When they first drew up plans for a citywide tramway network in 1894, it seemed as though the Hanoi authorities would follow Saigon’s example by opting for steam traction. Yet, by the time government approval was forthcoming in 1899, advances in technology made it possible to construct the entire system as a state-of-the-art, one-meter gauge electric tramway.

In 1900, the Compagnie des Tramways Électriques d’Hanoï et Extensions (CTEH) was to set up to build the first two tramway lines, which were jointly inaugurated in November 1901. Tiếp tục đọc “The History of Hanoi’s Lost Tramway Network”

A Throwback to Saigon’s Original Tramway Network

As ever-increasing levels of traffic congestion and air pollution turn many of Ho Chi Minh City’s road junctions into choking bottlenecks, many hopes are pinned on plans to construct a new urban railway network in the southern metropolis. Yet urban railways are hardly a new concept in this city, which was once home to one of Southeast Asia’s largest urban tramway networks.

Indochina’s first mechanized rail-guided transportation system was the one-meter gauge Saigon–Cho Lon “high road” steam tramway, operated by the Societe Generale des Tramways a Vapeur de Cochinchine (SGTVC) and opened to the public on December 27, 1881.

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Korean bank pledges $233mn loan for Ho Chi Minh City airport metro


Updated : 05/29/2017 16:10 GMT + 7

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) has promised to provide US$233.3 million in official development assistance (ODA) for Ho Chi Minh City to build a metro line connecting to Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Metro line 4 b-1 will run over two kilometers from the Lang Cha Ca Intersection to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Construction of the metro line has been approved by Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh on the proposal of the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Tiếp tục đọc “Korean bank pledges $233mn loan for Ho Chi Minh City airport metro”

Hy vọng cho Hà Nội? Hệ thống xe buýt mới có thể giảm ô nhiễm…nếu có đủ người sử dụng

English: Hope for Hanoi? New bus system could cut pollution … if enough people use it

Từ toà nhà cao ốc văn phòng tại Hà Nội, anh Trần Dũng hầu như không thể nhìn thấy đường chân trời của thành phố đằng sau lớp khói bụi dày đặc. Trước khi rời công sở, anh chuyên viên trợ lý này kiểm tra phần ứng dụng AirVisual để đọc mức ô nhiễm không khí, ứng dụng cung cấp số đo chỉ số PM2.5 tại thời gian thực – PM2.5 là các hạt bụi nhỏ li ti có trong khói bụi mà có thể huỷ hoại cổ họng và phổi của con người.

Traffic jam in Hanoi

Những hàng dài xe máy và ô tô là nguyên nhân chính gây ô nhiễm không khí ở Hà Nội

Chỉ số PM2.5 thường dao động từ 100 đến 200 microgram mỗi mét khối – mức độ này thường được xếp vào loại “không tốt cho sức khoẻ” mà được toàn cầu đã công nghận. Nhưng vào ngày 19/12 năm rồi, nó đạt đến “mức độ  nguy hiểm” ở mức 343 microgram/m3, cao hơn cả ở Bắc Kinh.

Bị sốc khi đọc được con số này, anh Dũng đã chia sẻ ảnh chụp màn hình với bạn bè trên Facebook, anh viết: “Tôi không thể tin vào mắt mình. Các bạn bảo trọng!” Tiếp tục đọc “Hy vọng cho Hà Nội? Hệ thống xe buýt mới có thể giảm ô nhiễm…nếu có đủ người sử dụng”

Kiểm toán 27 dự án BOT, giảm gần 100 năm thu phí!

22/02/2017 09:08 GMT+7

TTO – Kiểm toán Nhà nước (KTNN) cho biết nhiều dự án trong số 27 dự án kiểm toán phải giảm 5-7 năm thu phí. Tổng cộng tất cả các dự án, giảm tới gần 100 năm thu phí.

Kiểm toán 27 dự án BOT, giảm gần 100 năm thu phí!
Trạm thu phí BOT của Tập đoàn Đức Long Gia Lai đặt trên quốc lộ 14 đầu vào cửa phía Nam TP Pleiku (Gia Lai) thuộc dự án nâng cấp mở rộng quốc lộ 14 từ km1610 đến cầu 110 (Gia Lai). Dự án này được đề nghị giảm 7 năm, 2 tháng, 27 ngày thu phí – Ảnh: T.B.D.

Thông tin trên được KTNN báo cáo với đoàn giám sát của Ủy ban Thường vụ Quốc hội về việc thực hiện chính sách, pháp luật về đầu tư và khai thác các công trình giao thông theo hình thức BOT ngày 21-2. Tiếp tục đọc “Kiểm toán 27 dự án BOT, giảm gần 100 năm thu phí!”

Russian Transport Strategy Prioritizes Cooperation With Asia Pacific Region

Vladimir Putin takes trip on newly launched Sapsan high-speed train
Sputnik/ Alexei Druzhinin 08.12.2016 Sputniknews
The high economic potential of Asia Pacific region makes it a key area for the Russian transport strategy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, addressing the participants of a ministerial conference on transport endorsed by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The president added that conference’s agenda included a number of important issues, such as introduction of new materials and technologies, expansion of transport networks and improvement of the legislation that governs international logistics.

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Infrastructure Resilience to Disasters

Author: Stephanie E. Chang
National Academy for Engineering

Designing resilient infrastructure systems will require collaborative efforts by engineers and social scientists.

Urban societies depend heavily on the proper functioning of infrastructure systems such as electric power, potable water, and transportation networks. Normally invisible, this reliance becomes painfully evident when infrastructure systems fail during disasters. Moreover, because of the network properties of infrastructure, damage in one location can disrupt service in an extensive geographic area. The societal disruption caused by infrastructure failures is therefore disproportionately high in relation to actual physical damage. Tiếp tục đọc “Infrastructure Resilience to Disasters”